“If people can confess on Oprah, Phil and Geraldo, I don’t see why they can’t confess right here on Eighth Avenue.” So said Father Anthony Joseph, a Dominican priest from San Bernadino who peddled a confessional booth mounted on the back of a tricycle to the site of the Democratic National Convention in New York City during July of 1992.
“Father Anthony Joseph” is actually hoaxter Joey Skaggs, who has been tricking too-lazy-to-check-sources reporters into covering too-good-to-be-true stories for thirty years. Skaggs writes:
In the back of my mind, I keep thinking about the Jason Blair/New York Times folly and how the Times, with all its self-examination and hypocritical spin failed to admit that news rooms would be emptied if every journalist who had ever stretched the truth, took something out of context, embellished a quote or contrived a story admitted to it.
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Dear Sir/Madam, I would love to use your photo of the priest cycling with a confessional on his back; accordingly, I seek your permission to use it for church purposes, no money involved but the thread of the message is about confession. Please let me know.
I don’t own the copyright, so I can’t grant permission. The “portofess” link takes you to the website of the performer, Joey Skaggs.